The United States prides itself as a beacon of democracy on the world stage. But universal suffrage has been elusive throughout its history.
From the early years of the republic, when voting was almost exclusively reserved for propertied white men, the right to vote has very gradually grown more inclusive, expanding to an ever broader cross-section of the American public. But this progress has almost always been hard fought.
Scroll thorough this timeline to learn about some of the key moments in America’s long struggle for voting rights.